|llery Queen and the Perfect Crime US
Director: James Hogan
Source: novel "The Devil to Pay" 68 min, Black & White
Ralph Bellamy makes the third of four appearances as "master
Ellery Queen. The principal villain is crooked
stockbroker John Mathews, whose Wall Street manipulations render Ray Jarden penniless.
Mathews' chicanery seems particularly cold-blooded, inasmuch as his daughter Marian is engaged to Jarden's son Walter. When the latter disappears, Mathews asks Ellery
Queen to locate the young man. Shortly thereafter, one of the principal
characters is murdered, forcing Ellery to get his deductive skills into high gear-no small
task, since he's depicted in this film as a complete dunderhead.
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